I thought I’d send out a quick announcement that the Adobe CS5 Product Family launches today, Monday 4/12/2010. A streaming webcast launch begins at 8am PST (11am EST), and requires a free registration, which you can find a link to here. When you register, you’ll see some “sneak peek” videos of what’s inside (screen shot below). These and other sneak peek videos are also available here.
I’m looking forward to trying out Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5, primarily for quickly extending backgrounds. It’s very common for me to have to extend a background to create a more panoramic look, or just to add some background to achieve a 4×6 ratio for a client who wants pictures in that very popular size.
Below are direct links to the ten Creative Suite 5 press releases with the headlines of each one linked to the release on Adobe.com (I think that reading the releases is one of the best ways to see some of the highlights of what’s inside each Creative Suite bundle).
1. Adobe Unveils Creative Suite 5 Product Family
2. Adobe Delivers Creative Suite 5 Design Premium
3. Adobe Announces Creative Suite 5 Web Premium
4. Adobe Debuts Creative Suite 5 Production Premium
5. Adobe Launches Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended
6. InDesign CS5 Powers the Transition to Digital Publishing
7. Adobe Releases Illustrator CS5
8. Adobe Introduces Flash Catalyst CS5
9. Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Redefines Nonlinear Editing
10. Adobe Helps Prepare the 21st Century Workforce with Creative Suite 5
For a great 45 minute overview of Photoshop by Terry White of Adobe, including a look at the new “mini Bridge,” which is an embedded version of Bridge available as a panel inside Photoshop CS5 and CS5 Extended), and a new Edge Detection tool for selecting challenging images (it looks especially good for hair), click here.
And for a directory of videos covering CS5 applications, visit this page on AdobeTV.com.
The Aperture Users Network just announced the launch their new sister site: MacCreate.com. According to a recent e-mail I received, MacCreate is “dedicated to providing information and resources for the creative Mac user…MacCreate.com provides instruction on programs in Apple’s iLife and iWork suites, pro applications as well as third party programs.”
After taking a look at the site, I’m very impressed by the content that’s already there, including:
The site’s home page can be found at MacCreate.com.
I just received this announcement about Lightroom 2.2 being released. One of the best features I noticed is that Adobe Camera Profiles are now provided in the application, eliminating the need to install them manually. Below are excerpts from the announcement:
Adobe has released an update to its Photoshop Lightroom software, available immediately as a free upgrade for existing Lightroom 2 users. Lightroom 2.2 adds raw support for seven new camera models including the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon PowerShot G10. The update also includes several refinements such as enhanced performance of the local adjustment tools.
In addition, Adobe’s Camera Profiles are now available natively within Lightroom 2.2 and are provided automatically as part of this release. As the visual starting point for the raw processing workflow, camera profiles provide flexibility that allows photographers to quickly achieve their desired rendering.
Lightroom 2.2 supports the following additional camera models: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon PowerShot G10, Panasonic DMC-G1, Panasonic DMC-FX150, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, Panasonic DMC-LX3 and Leica D-LUX 4.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.2 is available now as a free download for
existing Lightroom 2 customers here.
For more information on Photoshop Lightroom 2 or to purchase the
software on Adobe’s website, visit https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/.
â€¢ Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 30 Day Free Tryout
â€¢ Lightroom 2 Learning Center on photoshopuser.com
â€¢ Lightroom 2 Photowalk with Scott Kelby
â€¢ Audio interview of Tom Hogarty, Lightroom Product Manager by Scott Bourne of TWiPPhoto.com
â€¢ Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Adventure: Tasmania. This post about the new Clarity slider by Mikkel Aaland is very interesting.
â€¢ Many free tutorials on PhotoshopCafe.com
â€¢ Excellent Lightroom video tutorial for converting to B&W by Martin Evening.
â€¢ Photoshop CS3 Launch site on PhotoshopCafe.com
â€¢ Many great Lightroom and Photoshop CS3/CS4 video tutorials at Lynda.com (paid subscription, but many segments of their turorials can be viewed for free to get a sample of the content).
â€¢Check pricing on Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Lightroom 2 Books on Amazon.com
â€¢Shop for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom at Adobe.com
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